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Savara Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

16:05 EST 7 Nov 2019 | Businesswire

Company in Discussions with Regulatory Agencies on Best Path Forward for the Molgradex Autoimmune Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis (aPAP) Program

Savara Inc. (Nasdaq: SVRA), an orphan lung disease company, today reported financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2019 and provided a business update.

“Based on the totality of evidence, we continue to believe that Molgradex has a clinically meaningful treatment effect on aPAP and we are committed to this program,” said Rob Neville, Chief Executive Officer, Savara. “In the near-term, gaining clarity on the best regulatory path forward is our highest corporate priority and we look forward to further collaborating with the FDA and EMA in this regard.”

Recent Developments and Upcoming Highlights

Molgradex for aPAP

  • Announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feedback from Type C meeting that indicated the data included in the briefing package did not provide sufficient evidence of efficacy and safety.
  • Working in consultation with the FDA to determine the best regulatory path forward for the program.
  • Presented efficacy and safety results from IMPALA, a Phase 3 study evaluating Molgradex for the treatment of aPAP, at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress. (Slides from the meeting can be found here.)
  • Expect to announce data from the open-label follow-up period of IMPALA (weeks 24-48) in Q1 2020.
  • Plan to initiate discussions with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) regarding the suitability of the IMPALA data for a potential Marketing Authorization Application (MAA).

Molgradex for nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infection

  • Continue to expect top line results from OPTIMA, a Phase 2a clinical study evaluating Molgradex for the treatment of NTM in non-cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, in Q1 2020.

AeroVanc

  • Anticipate enrollment completion for AVAIL, a pivotal Phase 3 clinical study of AeroVanc for the treatment of persistent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) lung infection in CF, in the first half of 2020 with top line results expected in late 2020 or early 2021.
    • As of November 1, 2019, the study had completed enrollment in the adult population and had enrolled 123 out of a target of 150 patients in the primary analysis population (younger subjects between 6-21 years of age).

Third Quarter Financial Results (Unaudited)

Savara’s net loss attributable to common stockholders for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $12.4 million, or $(0.30) per share, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $12.6 million, or $(0.36) per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

Research and development expenses were $9.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared with $9.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to approximately $0.6 million in increased costs associated with the development of Molgradex, which was offset by $0.5 million in decreased AeroVanc study costs related to Phase 3 activities.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019 were $2.8 million, compared with $3.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The decrease was primarily due to an approximately $0.6 million noncash stock-based compensation charge incurred in the third quarter of 2018 offset in part by $0.2 million increased personnel costs for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

As of September 30, 2019, Savara had a carrying value of its debt of approximately $25.0 million and had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of approximately $106.3 million. Under the current operating plan, the Company believes this is sufficient capital to fund planned operations well into 2021.

Conference Call/Webcast with Slides

Savara management will host a conference call/webcast with accompanying slides at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). Shareholders and other interested parties may access the call by dialing (855) 239-3120 from the U.S., (855) 669-9657 from Canada, and (412) 542-4127 from elsewhere outside the U.S. and requesting the “Savara Inc.” call. A live webcast of the call can be accessed on the Investors page of Savara’s website at https://www.savarapharma.com/investors/events-presentations/.

Approximately one hour after the call, a telephone replay will be available and will remain available through November 14, 2019 by dialing (877) 344-7529 from the U.S., (855) 669-9658 from Canada and (412) 317-0088 from elsewhere outside the U.S. and entering the replay access code 10135923. A webcast replay will be available on the Investors page of Savara’s website and will remain available for 30 days.

About Savara

Savara is an orphan lung disease company. Savara’s pipeline comprises Molgradex, an inhaled granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) in Phase 3 development for autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (aPAP), in Phase 2a development for nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infection in both non-cystic fibrosis (CF) and CF-affected individuals with chronic NTM lung infection; and AeroVanc, a Phase 3-stage inhaled vancomycin for treatment of persistent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) lung infection in CF. Savara’s strategy involves expanding its pipeline of potentially best-in-class products through indication expansion, strategic development partnerships and product acquisitions, with the goal of becoming a leading company in its field. Savara’s management team has significant experience in orphan drug development and pulmonary medicine, identifying unmet needs, developing and acquiring new product candidates, and effectively advancing them to approvals and commercialization. More information can be found at www.savarapharma.com. (Twitter: @SavaraPharma, LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/savara-pharmaceuticals/).

Forward Looking Statements

Savara cautions you that statements in this press release that are not a description of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words referencing future events or circumstances such as “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” and “will,” among others. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding that we continue to believe that Molgradex has a clinically meaningful treatment effect on aPAP and we are committed to this program, that gaining clarity on the best regulatory path forward is our highest corporate priority and we look forward to collaborating with the FDA and EMA, working with the FDA to determine the best path forward, expecting to announce data from the open-label follow-up period of IMPALA (weeks 24-48) in Q1 2020, initiating discussions with the EMA regarding the suitability of the IMPALA data for a potential MAA, expecting top line results from OPTIMA in Q1 2020, anticipating enrollment completion for AVAIL in the first half of 2020 with top line results expected in late 2020 or early 2021, that we believe this is sufficient capital to fund planned operations well into 2021 and our strategy. Savara may not actually achieve any of the matters referred to in such forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Savara's current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, the outcome of our ongoing discussions with the FDA regarding our IMPALA data and the path forward, risks and uncertainties associated with the outcome of our ongoing and planned clinical trials for our product candidates, the ability to project future cash utilization and reserves needed for contingent future liabilities and business operations, the availability of sufficient resources for Savara’s operations and to conduct or continue planned clinical development programs, the ability to obtain the necessary patient enrollment for our product candidates in a timely manner, the ability to successfully identify product acquisition candidates, the ability to successfully develop our product candidates, the risks associated with the process of developing, obtaining regulatory approval for and commercializing drug candidates such as Molgradex and AeroVanc that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and the timing and ability of Savara to raise additional equity capital as needed to fund continued operations. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. For a detailed description of our risks and uncertainties, you are encouraged to review our documents filed with the SEC including our recent filings on Form 8-K, Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. Savara undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as may be required by law.

Savara Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

Three months ended

 

Nine months ended

September 30,

 

September 30,

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

Operating expenses:
Research and development

$

9,575

 

$

9,509

 

$

30,058

 

$

27,316

 

General and administration

 

2,811

 

 

3,148

 

 

9,785

 

 

7,402

 

Impairment of acquired IPR&D

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

21,692

 

Impairment of goodwill

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

7,420

 

 

-

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

56

 

 

127

 

 

253

 

 

387

 

Total operating expenses

 

12,442

 

 

12,784

 

 

47,516

 

 

56,797

 

 
Loss from operations

$

(12,442

)

$

(12,784

)

$

(47,516

)

$

(56,797

)

 
Other income, net

 

39

 

 

224

 

 

1,062

 

 

1,240

 

 
Loss before income taxes

$

(12,403

)

$

(12,560

)

$

(46,454

)

$

(55,557

)

 
Income tax benefit

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

4,555

 

 
Net loss

$

(12,403

)

$

(12,560

)

$

(46,454

)

$

(51,002

)

 
Net loss per share - basic and diluted

$

(0.30

)

$

(0.36

)

$

(1.20

)

$

(1.57

)

 
Weighted average shares - basic and diluted

 

41,727,259

 

 

34,483,563

 

 

38,749,002

 

 

32,423,510

 

 
Other comprehensive expense

 

(448

)

 

(92

)

 

(436

)

 

(594

)

 
Total comprehensive loss

$

(12,851

)

$

(12,652

)

$

(46,890

)

$

(51,596

)

Savara Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet data

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments

$

106,281

$

110,830

 
Working capital

 

100,055

 

106,090

 
Total assets

 

140,628

 

152,287

 
Total liabilities

 

33,825

 

44,068

 
Stockholders' equity

 

106,803

 

108,219

 

Savara Inc. IR & PR
Anne Erickson (anne.erickson@savarapharma.com)
(512) 851-1366

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